Minor Stress Fracture Sidelines Leon Powe

Nov. 16, 2005

BERKELEY - California sophomore forward Leon Powe has a minor stress fracture in his right mid-foot and will wear a walking boot for approximately two weeks before having the injury reassessed, Golden Bear head coach Ben Braun announced Wednesday.

The results of an MRI obtained Monday uncovered a possible stress fracture, and a CT scan performed Tuesday confirmed it. Powe, who was held out of Monday's exhibition game vs. Humboldt State as a precaution, has no pain or other symptoms in the foot.

'While this is obviously a temporary setback for Leon, he has handled it well and we are confident he will return to action relatively soon,' Braun said. 'The good news is he had no pain symptoms, and Leon knows he has a lot of basketball ahead of him this season.'

The 2004 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year when he averaged 15.1 ppg and a league-best 9.5 rpg, Powe was looking forward to a healthy return to the court this fall. He underwent a pair of surgeries to his left knee in 2004 and redshirted during the 2004-05 season.

Powe received full medical clearance to begin playing last May without a brace. He was named MVP of the summer San Francisco Pro-Am League when he averaged 33 ppg and 11 rpg. Powe also contributed 23.6 ppg and 10.4 rpg during Cal's five-game tour in Italy this past August.

The Bears open the season Friday night at 5:30 p.m. PT vs. Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, Mich.

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